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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

MEDIA CONSOLIDATION=NEW BREED OF JOURNALISM?
A chief argument made for the easing (or elimination, even) of media ownership rules is that we're experiencing a proliferation of media avenues, wherein even the average person can express him/herself and reach thousands, even millions, of people. Since the preservation of a diversity of voices and opinion is the raison d'etre for media regulation, the rise of the Internet is presented as a viable alternative to traditional (print, broadcast) media, and one that will get only more potent. This, and economic considerations, were rationale used by the FCC earlier this month as it amended its rules in favor of less regulation.

It's an interesting theory. I think it overestimates the influence of the Internet. But then there are people like Rafat Ali at PaidContent.org, who sees the coming consolidation in the media industry not as a harbinger of doom, but rather as an opportunity. He's set to become a one-man media source. Hopefully, he won't end up like Matt Drudge.

The independent journalist is an idea with lots of potential. I found Christopher Allbritton's Back In Iraq 2.0, about his adventures in-country during Gulf War II, very engaging.